International Day of Human Space Flight: 12 April

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International Day of Human Space Flight is observed every year on 12 April.

The International Day of Human Space Flight is observed every year on 12 April.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight through a resolution passed on 7 April 2011.

An Overview of the News 

  • The day is celebrated in honour of Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut, the first human to orbit the Earth on April 12, 1961.

  • Space exploration has led to advances in many areas, including communications, navigation, and weather forecasting.

  • On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to orbit the Earth aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft.

  • On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

About Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

  • It is the national space agency of India.

  • ISRO is responsible for space-based applications, exploration and related technology development.

  • Major achievements include the launch of India's first satellite, the Mars Orbiter Mission, and the Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission.

Established - 15 August 1969

Founder - Vikram Sarabhai

Headquarters - Bengaluru

Parent Organization - Space Commission

Assistant - Vikram Sarabhai Space Center

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • It is a federal agency responsible for the US civilian space program, aeronautical research, and space research.

  • NASA conducts space missions, explores our solar system and beyond, and conducts aeronautical research.

  • NASA is committed to international collaboration and education outreach programs.

  • Its budget is primarily funded by the US government, and security is a top priority.

Established - 29 July 1958

Founder - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Headquarters - Washington, DC, United States

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